Rearranging

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I have been all kinds of busy over the past several weeks (guess who ran a half marathon!?), but last weekend things finally started to settle down, and I looked around at my filthy house and decided that for the sake of feng shui and my sanity, things needed to change.

First, the lamps.  I was driving to the hardware store to get a hose splitter so that I could run a soaker hose to the hydrangeas in my front yard , and on my way I happened across a new-to-me thrift store.

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I loved these armchairs… they needed to be recovered, but I thought about them for a solid week until I finally went back yesterday to check them out again and they were gone.  Sadness! Then I found a big ole brass lamp.

I looked a little closer, and sure enough, it was a Stiffel.

This marks my second thrift store Stiffel find.

I didn’t have a huge need for one big lamp, but as I kept poking around the store, I found its shadeless twin.  A matching set!   I poked around a bit further and found that the shade for the twin was actually attached to a different lamp.  Matching Stiffel lamps with original shades?   Can’t turn that down.  Oh, and then?  When I brought them up to the counter to pay, the lady told me that one of them was half off.  So do you know how much I paid for these babies?

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A grand total of fourteen dollars.  TOTAL.  And they are basically in mint condition.

Okay, so, back to the rearranging.

I moved a ton of storage boxes to behind the couch, pretended it was a table, and tossed the new lamps on it.

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Then I removed the forever wonky shelves from the wall, and replaced it with a random assortment of framed things, and added a big fern to distract you from the fact that that corner is still piled with bins of emergency supplies.

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The wall with the window has the treadmill.  Pretend you don’t see it.

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The yoga wall got a bit of tidying, but still also contains two big boxes of dishes that I’m not sure what to do with. Pretend you don’t see those, either.

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The last wall of the room is still the junk containment area.  Cat supplies, horse supplies, assorted miscellany that isn’t pretty, but that I need regular access to.

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But if you don’t look under the table, it looks a bit nicer.

Things are feeling much calmer in there now, and I definitely feel like I can breathe without being crushed by storage boxes.  Big things are still coming for this room, and if everything works out, the ball should start really rolling in a month or two!

 

3 Responses to Rearranging

  1. Erika says:

    I spy Black Beauty, Misty, AND Stormy! Excellent choices.

    • Kara Kara says:

      Bahahaa! YES! I have all of my Bryer Horses from when I was little, but I thought sticking with the literature-based horses would make for much more grown-up decor, right?? :)

  2. Jessica says:

    Looks great! Can you redo our house for us? I think I need to get rid of piles of crap and clothes and stuff. Found a box filled with old VHS tapes and video games from 1995. (Not mine).

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